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Satish Walia

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Satish K. Walia
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
318 DH
(248) 370-3583
Lab location: 315 DH, 319 DH, 322 DH
Lab phone: (248) 370-3588
[email protected] 


BIO 421/521 Medical Microbiology
BIO 319 General Microbiology
BIO 441/541, Microbial Biotechnology
BIO 307 Introduction to Human Microbiology

Research. Molecular Biology of Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance Genes and degradation and toxicity of organic chemicals.

Dr. Walia studies molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and the biodegradation of xenobiotics such as polychlorinated biphenyls, nitrotoluenes, and the mutagenic properties of their biodegradation products. He has developed gene probes to monitor expression of catabolic genes during in-situ bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, gasoline, and PCBs.

His laboratory discovered the emergence of infectious multiple antibiotic-resistant bacteria in amphibian feces, farm soil, and urban backyard soil. He has authored over 50 papers and presented his research at national and international symposia and meetings. His research has been supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, General Motors, and local area hospitals. Several students at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels have participated in his research and have co-authored publications. In recognition of his contributions to the profession of microbiology, he is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Selected Publications:

Satish Walia NCBI publication list

Muraleedharan*, C., D. Talreja*, M. Kanwar, A. Kumar and S.K. Walia. (2019). Occurrence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing bacteria in urban Clinton River habitat. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance 6: 225-235. DOI: 10.1016/j.jgar.2018.10.007.

Bhutani*, N., C. Muraleedharan*, D. Talreja*, S.W. Rana, S. Walia*, A. Kumar and S.K. Walia. (2015). Occurrence of multidrug resistant extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing bacteria on iceberg lettuce retailed for human consumption. BioMed Research International Article ID: 547547. DOI: 10.1155/2015/547547.

Talreja*, D., K.S. Kaye, F.S. Yu, S.K. Walia and A. Kumar. (2014). Pathogenicity of ocular isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii in a mouse model of bacterial endophthalmitis. Investigative ophthalmology & Visual Science 55(4): 2392–2402. DOI: 10.1167/iovs.13-13401.

Talreja*, D., C. Muraleedharan*, G. Gunathilaka, Y. Zhang, K.S. Kaye, S.K. Walia and A. Kumar. (2014)Virulence properties of multidrug resistant ocular isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii. Current Eye Research 39 (7): 695-704.  DOI:10.3109/02713683.2013.873055.

Walia*, S., S.W. Rana, D. Maue, J. Rana, A. Kumar and S.K. Walia. (2013). Prevalence of multiple antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacteria on bagged, ready-to-eat baby spinach. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 23(2): 108-118. DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2012.708916.

Rana, S.W., A. Kumar, S. Walia, K. Berven, K. Cumper, and S.K. Walia. (2011). Isolation of Tn 1546 like elements in vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecium isolated from wood frogs: An emerging risk for zoonotic bacterial infections to humans. Journal of Applied Microbiology 110 (1): 35-43. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2010.04860.x.

*OU student

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